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Supreme Court Resumes Hearing of Article 62 Interpretation Case

Islamabad (February 01, 2018): The Supreme Court has resumed hearing the case pertaining to the duration of disqualification of elected lawmakers today.

A five-member larger bench is hearing the case to determine the duration of disqualification of elected officials on violation of Article 62(1)(f) and other election laws.

The CJP inquired during the proceedings that how can a dishonest man be declared honest after five days. Advocate Kamran Murtaza replied that the concept of repentance exists.

Justice Azmat Saeed remarked that abusing and cursing publicly are not the ways to seek apology from the apex court in disqualification cases.

Mian Saqib Nisar commented that one individual claims he has been treated unfairly by the court as he has committed nothing wrong.

He said the judiciary is completely independent, and there is a proper way to ask for forgiveness. The disqualified person should first accept his crime publicly, the CJP maintained.

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Though the over dozen petitioners are lawmakers disqualified for possessing fake degrees, the case has ramifications for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as well as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) former secretary general Jahangir Tareen — both were unseated from Parliament on violation of Article 62(1)(f).SC Reissues Notice To Nawaz in Disqualif. Under Article 62Earlier, Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday granted time to ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s counsel Azam Nazir Tarar for preparation in disqualification under Article 62(1)(f) case.

Five-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar started the proceedings during which, Nawaz’s lawyer asked the court to give him time to properly study the case.

Subsequently, the court adjourned the hearing for three days.

Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday has reissued notice to ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif over skipping hearing of disqualification under Article 62(1)(f) case.CJP said that Parliament didn’t amend Article 62 which means that it also supports this clause, adding that if disqualification is not for life then the victims have right to compete in elections.

Will announce one-sided decision if the ousted leaders wont attend the hearing, he continued.

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After the hearing, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen said that Article 62(1)(f) is so much detailed therefore, we need to interpret it.

Disqualification over fake degree and money trail are two separate things, he added.PTI leader reiterated that Nawaz Sharif presented Qatari letter in the court but I gave money trail.

The case, which is likely to have a substantial effect on disqualified politicians including Nawaz, is being heard to determine the duration of the disqualification of elected officials on violation of Article 62(1)(f) and other related laws.

Though the over dozen petitioners are lawmakers disqualified for possessing fake degrees, the case has ramifications for Nawaz as well as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) former secretary general Jahangir Tareen — both were unseated from Parliament on violation of Article 62(1)(f).It is to be mentioned here that Nawaz Sharif, then premier of Pakistan was disqualified over failure to declare all of his assets in a verdict that was delivered on July 28, 2017.

In the following months, PTI secretary general was disqualified while PTI chief Imran Khan was acquitted on petition filed by Hanif Abbasi of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

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